Outrigger vessels were the first true ocean-going ships and are an important part of the Austronesian heritage. They were the vessels that enabled the Austronesian expansion from Taiwan into the islands of both the Indian and Pacific Ocean from around 3000 BC.
The buildings they constructed and the architecture they boasted have left a lasting legacy that both travellers and locals can marvel at and perhaps even behold.
"We are all part of an interconnected tapestry whose workings are beyond our wildest imagination."
"I wanted to be involved in making people feel like there was lots to discover..."
"I think people in Kyrgyzstan still haven’t faced that modernisation that other countries are going through. 60% of the population are still farmers and still follow the traditions that they came before. They’re following the three pre-existing traditions."
“A Dream in Marble, designed by the Fairies and finished by Jewellers.” The line long learnt came back to my mind at the thought of visiting the Taj Mahal. Throughout my childhood, I had only heard stories about it and seen pictures in my history books. It was beyond my imagination that one day we would actually visit one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. However, it's easier said than done.
As I made my way down Jonker Street, I found myself at The Royal Press - one of the world's oldest surviving polyglot letterpress museums dedicated to preserving the craft of letterpress printing. Located in one of Melaka's many shophouses, I was immediately hit by a sense of nostalgia when I walked in. As a descendant of Southeast Asian merchants, I am all too familiar with the concept of the shopfloor on the ground floor and a living space on the second floor.